Winning the game

I find my way inside, and here,
upon a dais, arranged, there lie
two bodies, side by side. One is
a cat. The other is a man I met
and married, early on.

I’ve solved
the labyrinth. I’ve answered it.
There should be fireworks. Instead,
far off, I hear
a slam–

–the outside door has closed! I won,
but that means I’m not playing
any more. It’s done. It’s won.
I pull a chair up, sit, and wait
and watch

the credits roll. I like to know
if there will be another scene
before the end, or if I have
to start another game.

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